I. Lynn Rinehart

I Lynn Rinehart, PhD


Educator, Communication and

Social Planning Consultant, and

Retired Social Services and YMCA Executive


In 1960, Dr. Rinehart had the opportunity to live and work in South America with the Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes (YMCA), first in Lima, Perú, and then in Maracaibo and Caracas, Venezuela. In el Perú, on a YMCA of the USA World Service Fellowship, he had the privilege of being the Secretario Fundador de la YMCA de San Isidro y Miraflores, a branch of the YMCA of Lima. As a result, he was asked by Claire Johnson, the founder of the YMCA of Venezuela, to join a group of Peace Corps Volunteers in a newly arranged program of cooperation between the two entities.


Dr. Rinehart is married to Joy Berry Rinehart and is proud to have two Venezolano Americano sons living in Poway, California, and a stepson in Chicago, Illinois. His oldest four grandsons and a granddaughter live on the west coast, and his fifth grandson, Diego Roqúe Berry Mariňez was born in Chicago in July, 2008. Since his other grandchildren are growing up and Diego and his parents have no family in that area, Lynn and Joy moved to Chicago for an indefinite period in the fall of 2008. They returned to their home in San Marcos (San Diego County), California in October, 2010.


Chicago is where Lynn’s higher education began at George Williams College (GWC), now GWC of Aurora University. Since graduating from GWC, he has earned two master’s degrees from Ohio University (M.A. in Human Relations and M.Ed. in Counselor Education) and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Human Behavior at the United States International University (now Alliant International University) in San Diego. He has taught Psychology, Sociology, and Behavioral Science in Business at National University in San Diego from 1978 to 1989 and 2001 to the present; he taught Principles of Business at the University of San Diego School of Business Administration from 1983 to 1989; and, Psychology at Columbus (Ohio) State Community College from 1990 to 2001. National University presented him with an Outstanding Faculty Award in 1985.


YMCA experience, in addition to South America, has included director of the Ohio University YMCA, executive director of the East Whittier YMCA, Whittier YMCA Camp Arbolado director, and assistant managing director of the San Diego YMCA, as well as executive director of the San Diego YMCA Human Development Center (now YMCA Youth and Family Services). One of his most satisfying YMCA experiences was facilitating youth exchanges between the East Whittier YMCA and the Lima YMCA. Also, following his post graduate work, he served as deputy director of Neighborhood House of San Diego County, where he wrote grants and was planning director. These grants now are valued at over $100 million annually and include the San Diego Food Bank and San Diego County Head Start. Head Start alone serves over 10,000 children each year.  


Thirty years ago, when Dr. Rinehart had completed his doctoral studies, he conducted a county-wide needs assessment for the San Diego County YMCA  The process he used was copyrighted when he discovered it was the only theory-based needs assessment tool in the literature.  It is still the only assessment tool that is based in human need theory and is now known as the Basic Need Approach.  It provides a framework for life planning as well as community planning.  It has proven to have been a valuable guide to the whole person for those seeking a career or life path. The Basic Need Approach was also installed in the Franklin County (Ohio) Metropolitan Human Services Commission (MHSC) program in 1991. MHSC was the social planning agency for Columbus, Ohio, Franklin County, and the Franklin County United Way.

Throughout the 1980s, Lynn facilitated communication and business relationships workshops for many of San Diego’s major corporations and conducted interpersonal relationship workshops for the general public. He also created the Breakthrough Experience (BE), a two-day process for getting “unstuck” and prepared for living life fully. 130 BEs were conducted before Lynn retired from his practice to focus on teaching and volunteering with San Diego Head Start.


Lynn was privileged to volunteer with Early Head Start Services to Pregnant Families as an in-service trainer in the attempt to help parents create a safe gestation, birth, and early childhood environment for their children. Dr. Rinehart was a general mental health counselor with a specialty in early trauma and Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. He belongs to the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH), California Mental Health Counselors Association, Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling, Academic and Professional Honor Society International, the San Diego Peace Corps Association, and the George Marston Chapter of the North American Fellowship of YMCA Retirees.


Dr. Rinehart is a licensed professional clinical counselor (PCC) in the State of Ohio (# E 0002219) and a national certified counselor (NCC, # 68225, National Board for Certified Counselors).



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